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Mary Vernon: New Work


Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Valley House Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition "Mary Vernon: New Work." This solo exhibition includes over 40 paintings on Yupo created over the past two years. Mary Vernon will give an Artist Talk on Saturday, October 5, at 11 am. The exhibition will be on view Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, through October 26, 2019.

"The really good artists around now, of whom Vernon is one, take their virtuosity as a gift and give it away as a gift to our powers of sight and our capacity for joy. They don’t take it entirely seriously—it’s like dancing with a god, or wrestling with an angel—but they respect it too. They’re on such good terms with it that they’ll josh it a bit so it doesn’t put on airs. Mary’s outrageous sense of humor is everywhere in her work, but it’s not lightweight—it’s as serious as a Shakespeare comedy." —Frederick Turner

Mary Vernon recently retired as Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University where she began her 50-year teaching career in 1967, now giving all of her time to her second career in the studio. Born in Southern New Mexico, Vernon was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. This is Mary Vernon's seventh solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery.

A comprehensive catalogue of Mary Vernon’s paintings from the last five years is being published in conjunction with this exhibition. A booklet, "Mary Vernon - Stories," is available as well.

View images of paintings in the exhibition on the Valley House website at http://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=237

View the exhibition on Artsy at https://www.artsy.net/show/valley-house-gallery-and-sculpture-garden-mary-vernon-new-work

Image: Mary Vernon, "Garden House," 2019, oil and acrylic on Yupo, 60 x 58 1/4 inches

"A yellow tulip lies where it was thrown down on the table in this dim room. Someone, perhaps a gardener, has left pink jars, ochre-printed cloth, and handfuls of flowers on the table of dark wood. In this small house, the cloudy glass has a pattern of starflowers. The brown bird, whose portrait is painted on the pink jars, is a guide who says: 'Things become apparent.' This bird comes from the notes of Kiki Smith, in her prose poem 'The House.'

'Garden House' was a temporary, one-day installation in Kiki Smith’s exhibition 'Her Home,' 2008, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, and 2008, Kunsthalle Nuremberg. The small house held puppets, dolls, and wreaths."

-Mary Vernon, from the booklet "Stories"

 

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